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Nothing says Love quite like the homemade gift from the heart and with Valentines Day Approaching you can serve up a double portion of lovin' from the oven with this Valentine Cheese Cake made for that special someone in your life.

To get started you will need a little creativity and:

1 1/4 c Graham Cracker Crumbs
1/3 c Butter, melted
4 (8 oz) packages Cream Cheese, softened
1 (14 oz) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
4 Eggs
1/4 c Lemon Juice
2 Tbl Flour

Optional Items:
Sour Cream
Cherry Pie Filling
Canned Frosting or Icing.
Food Coloring of your choice
Decorative Gel Writers, Sprinkles, Candies, etc.

Additional Equipment:
Stand Mixer
Food Processor or Blender
Heart Shaped Spring form Pans, 1 large, 1 small
Cake Decorating Kit
Mixing Bowls
Spatulas

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Step 1: Prepare to Make the Crust

Preheat oven to 300 F.

Crush Graham Crackers in a food processor to a fine grind.

Pour into a bowl add sugar, stir.

Add melted butter and mix with a fork until completely blended and entire mixture is wet.

Step 2: Assemble the Crust

Pour into Spring form pan.

Shake the pan gently back and forth to evenly distribute crumbs.

Using your hands or a smooth edged coffee cup press to compact the crumbs tightly in the pan.

Set aside.

Step 3: Prepare Cheese Cake Batter

In a large mixing bowl beat Cream Cheese until light and fluffy.

Gradually beat in Sweetened Condensed Milk until very smooth.

Add Eggs and Lemon Juice, mix well. Blend in Flour.

Step 4: Make Your Center Color

Measure mixture for smaller pan by filling it, transfer into a mixing bowl and wash the pan.

Mix in your desired color for the center of your Cheese Cake.

Step 5: Fill Your Pan

Remove the bottom from the smaller pan and center inside the large pan, being careful not to press down and crack your bottom crust.

Gently holding the smaller pan in place fill it with your colored Cheese Cake Mixture.

Still holding the center pan gently pour the uncolored Cheese Cake Mixture around the outside of the smaller pan, filling to the same level as the center pan.

Grasp the outer edges of the smaller pan and lift it straight up. Have a saucer ready to slip under the center pan so it does not drip across the uncolored part of your Cheese Cake. Set aside.

If necessary use a spoon to gently reshape the center heart or remove drips.

*Note: Your center heart does not have to be perfectly shaped as we will correct this during decorating.

Step 6: Bake

Bake for 50 to 55 minutes until the center is set and Cheese Cake has lost the glossy appearance.

If you shake the pan gently the center of your Cheese Cake should remain firm and not wiggle.

Step 7: Add Sour Cream

If using Sour Cream on the uncolored part of your Cheese Cake spread it as evenly as possible, avoiding the colored center heart.

Return to the oven for 5 more minutes.

Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack for one hour.

Remove Spring form Pan and chill for a minimum of four hours before decorating.

Prepare the display board or plate for your Cheese Cake. I cut a round cardboard and covered it with a grease proof paper doily designed for food use.

This would also be a good time to spoon the cherries from the pie filling leaving most of the pie filling behind so you dont overload your Cheese Cake and make it soggy. You can also reserve some of the filling and drizzle it lightly around before serving.

*Note: Cheese Cake tends to crack, dont let it worry you, it just lends character to the Cheese Cake and can be disguised with decorations.

Step 8: Decorate Your Cheese Cake

Starting at the center heart pipe on any decorative message if desired. (I used Valentine colored sprinkles for my center heart after piping outlines)

Pipe on an outline and repeat around outer edge. I used canned vanilla frosting here.

*Tip: Use a cake decorating turntable to move your Cheese Cake in a circle as you work.

Use a spoon to fill area between center heart and outer edge with cherries. Move cherries around gently to fit in as many as possible.

Move finished Cheese Cake onto prepared display.

Wrap very loosely with clear wrap and chill until ready to serve.
I love the shape, idea, and without being said cheese cake lol but I have a dilemma where can I find two different sized hart shaped baking pans?
I hope i can make it successful for my bf.
nice,luv it!!!
can you make this and send it to me? im to lazy to make it but imm really hungry!
Great idea, I'll give this a try.
Thanks HeidiR let me know how it comes out.
Nice job DebH, I'm not much of a cook but I think your little trick could make me look pretty impressive!
Thanks Donaldhrtc give it a try!
This is such a beautiful cheesecake, you have a real talent in the kitchen.
where'd you get the heart-shaped spring-form?
I got mine from Amazon and they were reasonably chesp if I remember. You might also check Wal Mart or any one who carries Nor Pro products.
Thanks, I'll be looking into that.
Wow, genius technique there, I would never have thought of it. The recipe looks amazing too, but I'm so impressed by your idea of mold in mold. I'm going to have to try that "shape in a shape" technique with a batch of soap. Ooooh, maybe frozen whipped soap along with, so I could do piping type decorations. Oh, you've inspired me to break out the tools and try something new! Yay you!
LOL glad to inspire you! Just remember the whole trick is to lift the insert straight up and not put any wiggle or twist on it.
Cute! I'm surprised at how well the inner heart holds its shape.
It does hold up well the trick is in lifting the inner pan straight up. I had to practice a few times so I wouldn't twist it.
LQQKs great, but you have the recipe for a cupcake sized version?...lol
LOL YUP! just make the same recipe and divide it among cupcake liners. Thats what I did with the left over batter.
I bet you could assemble cupcakes into this heart-shape, and frost the top to look very similar!
Sure thing, it would be great for a kids party too.

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